Regine (Grete S. B. Nybakken) is turned upside down by her foster father Engstrand in a scene from the Norwegian National Ballet’s staging of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts in Hong Kong. Photo: LCSD

Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts by the Norwegian National Ballet: stunning choreography and performances in Hong Kong

  • In this starkly powerful retelling of Ibsen’s 1881 play, production values offset complicated plot issues thanks to clever touches of theatre
  • Silas Henriksen’s tormented Oswald and Grete Sofie Borud Nybakken’s defiant Regine are excellent throughout
Topic |   Music

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Regine (Grete S. B. Nybakken) is turned upside down by her foster father Engstrand in a scene from the Norwegian National Ballet’s staging of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts in Hong Kong. Photo: LCSD
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A scene from Opera Hong Kong's production of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre. Photo: Opera Hong Kong

Verdi’s Rigoletto: vivid acting, natural singing in Opera Hong Kong production that erred on the dark side

  • A work of startling relevance in the MeToo era, Rigoletto requires the right balance between the forces of light and darkness, one not quite achieved here
  • Roberto Frontali sang with power and control in title role, Audrey Luna made Gilda convincingly innocent, and young tenor Pavel Petrov is a star in the making
Topic |   Performing arts in Hong Kong

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A scene from Opera Hong Kong's production of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre. Photo: Opera Hong Kong
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